Ghost in the Shell ★★★★

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Ghost in the Shell understands the physicality, or sometimes the lack thereof, in science-fiction. How architecture renders space oppressive, how movement is slick and slippery due to the rain pouring down onto littered pathways, how chases and gunfights (reminiscent of cops/robber showcases or saloon scuffles) collapse into reckless, mangled twists of flesh and arteries; it's an extension of how even the most corporeal entities become lost to the labyrinth in which they're chasing, one which does not recognize the limitations of the somatic world. Both influenced and influential, Ghost in the Shell runs into the abyss with its concepts, retooling sci-fi history and bleeding a new brand of existential ambiguity out of its mutilated structure. Go ahead, chase the rabbit.

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